Xiaomi Mi A2 was a great contender in the mid-range smartphone segment as it ticked all the right boxes, the biggest one of which was the availability of stock Android. While it is still a good buy today, age has been catching up and the device almost looks out of fashion now. Now, there have been good news flowing in about the next version of the Mi A series. According to reports, Xiaomi is working on two Android One smartphones and all the finding suggest that these devices would be a successor to Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.
It was discovered by a junior member from the XDADevelopers named ‘franztesca’ and was later on confirmed by XDADevelopers. According to the report, Xiaomi is currently testing three new devices, codenamed ‘pyxis’, ‘bamboo_sprout’, and ‘cosmos_sprout’. The report states that ‘bamboo_sprout’ and ‘cosmos_sprout’ are most likely Android One devices, since in the current list of Android One devices from Google have ‘sprout’ in their codenames. These phones are likely to be the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite.
The device under the codenamed ‘pysix’ is believed to be the Chinese variant of either of the other two devices. Mi A2 was launched in China as Mi 6X. Earlier in January, franztesca also disovered some clues in MIUI 10 code, which hinted at Xiaomi working on Mi A3. The exact source of the new codenames have not been revealed as of yet.
Xiaomi puts out its Android One device in mid-range segment so the Mi A3 could be expected to be powered by a mid-range SoC such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 or 710. The reports also add that all three of the devices are being tested with in-display fingerprint sensors. Since Xiaomi will be targeting the budget smartphone market with its new devices, it could be expected to come with an optical in-display fingerprint sensor instead of the ultra-sonic one found on Samsung Galaxy S10-series.
Moreover, all the three phones are expected to have a 32-megapixel selfie camera, with 4-in-1 pixel binning. Nevertheless, there is no information if there would be an extra sensors for the front nor is there any information about the rear cameras. The report mentions that since this is still early testing days, there’s no concrete information yet about the marketing names launch dates or tentative pricing for these models.